Not Quite a Hobbit Location

Random Beauty

Last week, Husband and I did a daytrip to western Massachusetts. Traveling through Buckland, we flashed unexpectedly on Tolkien. As if the name wasn’t enough, the village of Shelburne Falls has bit of a Hobbity feel:

The gentle, wooded hills plus colorful, low houses seen across the river and the glorious blossoms on The Bridge of Flowers certainly made my Hobbit radar ping, even if the house styles aren’t quite right.

Alas, we didn’t find a Crickhollow nearby.

We Three Dwarven Kings & Happy Merry!

After Hours, Books & Mags, Geek out!

Happy Holidays to one and all! I’ll close off this blogging year with an appropriately Dwarvish-sounding and utterly, delightfully nerdy version of the 19th century carol We Three Kings:

We Three Kings of the Lonely Mountain, performed by author Max Gladstone and biophysicist / musician (what a great combo of interests!) Dan Jordan.

Have a great new year!